The Nye Camp gaffer has brought in attacker Lucas Pattenden from Littlehampton Town and keeper Ryan Hall from Aldershot Town. The signings come hot on the heels of penning deals with Ben Anderson from Horndean and Kieran Douglas from Dorchester Town.

And Blake says he expects to be able to announce more signings in the very near future, keen to do his business early to give his outfit the best possible chance of a settled side come August.

He said: “Lucas is a player I have admired for some time and we’re delighted to bring him in and very much look forward to working with him. Ryan will sign a deal as soon as his contract runs out at Aldershot and again, we’re really happy that he is coming on board.

“I think we can confirm another couple of players pretty soon and we will also have more of an idea about players we hope to retain and perhaps a couple moving on.

“We want to get the business done and dusted so we can focus from the very first kick in pre-season training and the friendlies. We are trying to find that consistency that alluded us last term.

“Some of our performances were absolutely brilliant — especially against Worthing in the Sussex Senior Cup final where we were magnificent and were unlucky to lose on penalties — but others weren’t acceptable for this club and ultimately that is why we experienced a disappointing league campaign to be honest.”

Blake said supporters who contributed to the club’s 12th Man Fund — set up to help provide some additional finance for the playing budget — have made a big difference in being able to bring in players.

He added: “Those fans who dig deep deserve a special mention and we are very grateful to them and Dave Robinson for organising the fund.”